Long time, no post. This one will be quick too. Just a little explanation of where I'm at. The title says a lot. I am still vegan. Still loving our new city of Memphis. Exploring and doing fun new things all the time. Somewhere along the way I lost the desire to post about my food. I did some blogging with Flavor Mavens where I was developing recipes and doing all of the work to create, cook, take perfect photos, and load it all onto a blog (which wasn't even mine).
Anyhoo, I was taking some food pics on my phone here and there and the thought of doing all of the rigamarole of editing pics, doing a post, loading it all.... I don't know... Just lost the enthusiasm for it. Busy living life and loving life here in Memphis.
Somewhere along the way I also lost all desire to tell anyone how to eat or how to be healthy. Which is funny if you look at archives and about 90% of what is on this blog. I was telling everyone why they should eat a low fat plant based diet to save themselves and the planet. Honestly, I got a bit preachy about it, especially when I was a new convert. I understand now that this is quite common.
I stumbled across a quote lately that sums up where I am at with giving advice on how to eat to anyone:
“Preach not to others what they should eat, but eat as becomes you, and be silent” -Epictetus
I have humbly learned my lesson. I don't regret the work I did with Jennifer Parsley Nutritional Healing. I had some fun classes and shared some good information. I just think diet is so personal. I shan't go on.
I have thought about shifting the focus of my blog to just sharing what's happening with us living our fun lives here in Memphis. My brain just loops back to the amount of work involved in getting the right pictures or videos, editing, writing it up, publishing, blah, blah, blah. It detracts from me just enjoying the things that we do when I know I have to / want to blog about it.
So, that's where I am at with blogging. I unpublished my 'business' Facebook page and have never really been active on Twitter. I plan to keep this blog, because I may be inspired to blog in the future. Lots to share and I do believe in the power of storytelling to bring people together. Blogs can walk that fine line between narcissistic rambling and sharing life stories.
I do admire bloggers who share their lives regularly. I am hoping to be inspired to do that again sometime soon. Maybe I should start with baby steps and aim to blog again maybe once a month instead of seeing it as this big huge chore, which it doesn't need to be. That is the Type A engineer Taurus German perfectionist in me. Must blog every week with perfect pictures... then I burn out. Story of my life. Overachiever until I physically, mentally, emotionally burn myself out.
Right now I am starting some contract work here in Memphis. Project management, maybe some statistical analysis work. Working in the city government sector. Using my skills and education in a completely new way, yet using skills I know I am good at. Nothing to do with the chemical industry or vegan world and I am happy about that.
My blog is still here as a creative outlet, but won't be used for business in the foreseeable future. Just working out ideas in my head and doing a little narcissistic rambling today ;-) Maybe I will chat with y'all once a month. That sounds reasonable. But not demanding it of myself (see aforementioned tendency toward burnout).
We did have a lot of fun volunteering with the Memphis Blues Society at the Bona Fide Blues Festival this past weekend. That would have been good to blog about. But don't worry, we always have some fun up our sleeves.
Going to Clarksdale, Mississippi for a Blues weekend getaway later this month. Maybe I will ease back into blogging by sharing a bit about that. I can keep with the Memphis Vegan theme and share about Blues music and trying to eat vegan in a small town in Mississippi. It can be done, but it isn't easy. Glad we are renting an apartment. I will pack lots of our own food.
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